Monthly Archives: March 2011

Episode-636- The Time to Store Food is Now

Sure I always tell you that it is a good idea to store food but today I want to get you really serious about doing this both to mitigate threats and to enhance your life on an everyday basis.

While I strive to keep the tone of TSP upbeat once in a while we must look at concrete underlying threats to our lives.  Every major organization that monitors the food supply is saying the same thing right now about our global supply of food, simply put, shortages are coming and they won’t be going away.

Join me today as we discuss….

  • The danger of nuclear disaster in America is economic and to the food supply
  • Main stream media is actually awake about this
  • Food commodities are expected to out perform gold and silver
  • How are we going to feed 9 Billion People
  • In 2010 for the first time there were more urban that rural people globally
  • The largest export of the US is top soil in the wind
  • Developing nations are increasing global demand
  • Why you must practice eat what you store and store first
  • What is the opportunity and reverse opportunity buy
  • Understanding the meaning of individual sustainability
  • Where commercial long term storage food fits into your plan
  • What becoming a producer means

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Photo Credit above to by Kolya via Flicker

Cool New TSP Dog Tag Bottle Openers and Lanyards

We have been looking to bring in some reasonably priced and highly functional items into the TSP Gear Shop and these are two great examples.  First check out our new dog tag style bottle openers that make a great addition to any key ring.

These are stainless steel (NOT aluminum, like most dog tag bottle openers) middle slot dog tag bottle openers. They come with a nickle-plated stainless steel keyring to attach them to your keys, or you can hang them from your own ball-chain necklace.

They have The Survival Podcast on one side and an awesome version on “Val” the survival podcast logo on the other.  These are only $4.95 each and are in stock and ready to ship right away.  You can find them in the gear shop here.

Even Better with a Lanyard

We have also added some really awesome and well made lanyards to the gear shops as well.   These are 29″ in TSP blue-white-black paracord and are just the thing for holding badges, sturdy usb drives, dog tag bottle openers, mini survival kits, neck knives, or anything else you want fixed around your neck where you’ll have easy access to it just when you need it.

These lanyards are made by a TSP Forum member and are some of nicest quality that we have ever seen.  These come with a heavy metal clip, metal caps at the end of the paracord, a matching metal keyring attached to the clip, and a heavy plastic sliding adjuster to make your lanyard as long or as short as you want. They are only $14.95 a piece and are available in the gear shop here.

Get Both and Save Two Bucks

We figure a lot of you guys will want both a lanyard and a dog tag opener so we set up a special deal for you, order both and you will automatically get 2 dollars off your order and MSB Members don’t forget to use your discount code for an additional 10% off the entire order.

Episode-635- Creating Your Vision of Liberty

Today we hear from two listeners who have found their own path to individual liberty.  Not in some Utopian sense of some mythical new nation that recognizes the liberty we claim to recognize in America today, rather they have claimed their own personal liberty their own way.

Both of these couples said, screw it and JUST DID IT, and not in the cliche way of the Nike catch phrase.  They took decisive action, they stated their intent, they designed a road map and they acted.  Today my hope is many of our listeners will do the same in their own lives.  Freedom is something no man or woman can define for another, by its very nature it is individualized.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • How a simple post in the forum changed many lives
  • How one listener spent two years and gained back 15
  • How a couple in NJ, changed with out moving far, for now
  • How you begin your path to finding your own vision of liberty
  • You don’t have to be rich to live like a broke ass redneck
  • That broke ass redneck is probably happier then you are
  • Why you must define what you don’t like to find what you do like
  • Why what you think you hate may not actually be what you hate
  • How figuring out what you love can lead you to more of it
  • The moments etched into your soul are your key to personal freedom
  • Why 99.9% of ships reach their ports on time and what it teaches us
  • The difference between simple and easy and why it matters

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Photo Credit Above to Just Us 3 Via Flickr

Another New MSB Benefit and a Few Announcements

I am pleased to announce another great discount for the Member’s Brigade.  I have worked a deal with Safe & Ready Life for a full 10% off most items on their website.   The goal of Safe & Ready Life is to be the premier online and in-store provider of home and family safety and emergency supplies and services in the United States.

PLEASE NOTE – Safe and Ready Life displays some of their taser products on their site but only sells them at their store front.  Additionally there are one or two large ticket items to which the discount code will not apply.

These items are sold low margin via a drop shipper and currently the only item that doesn’t apply for the discount are the Watair Atmospheric Water Generators but you get a full 10% off everything else.

You can visit the Safe and Ready Life website at http://www.safeandreadylife.com The discount code for Safe & Ready Life is in the benefits section of your MSB Account.

Some Additional MSB House Keeping

1.  BulkAmmo.com has had a hard time keeping ammo cans in stock.  So they now are doing 10 dollars off of every order over 200 dollars.  That means you can always use your BulkAmmo.com benefit with all orders.  They had also set a one time per customer limit on the ammo can benefit, that will NOT apply to this new benefit you can always get 10 dollars off every order you place over 200 dollars with them.

2.  ShelfReliance.com is no longer providing a discount to the MSB.  They still support the show and are a valued sponsor.  The issue is not about us but an internal one where they have decided to no longer do any form of coupon code, they are currently trying to figure out another way to again support the MSB.

Those who want a discount on long term storage food should consider some of the other MSB benefits that do that like free silver on three cases of Alpine Aire from Ready Made Resources, SafeCastle’s free buyers club membership to all MSB Member’s (valued at 29 dollars) and The Ready Store’s discount of 5% on all orders.

3.  I have added some new PDFs to the download section of the MSB.  These items are free to anyone but I have placed them in the MSB for a convenience factor.  Check the bottom of your download page in the MSB to see these new items.

4.  A lot of people have asked about how to pay in silver for MSB membership, just visit the MSB sign up page and at the bottom there is a link for a form to pay with silver by mail.  If you’re existing account is paid for online with PayPal and you choose to switch to paying by make please let us know so we know to cancel your PayPal subscription for you when you switch over.

I will continue to work to improve the value of the MSB in 2011.   If you have been considering joining the Member’s Brigade this is just a small example of the value we provide to our members.  More info on the Members Brigade can be found here.

 

Episode-634- Container Gardening for the Modern Survivalist

Today we take a deep look at a subject we really haven’t gone into for a long time, container gardening.  I know many listeners have very small yards or no yards and are regulated to growing things on a balcony.  Containers though to me are for everyone, they short cut soil prep time, offer many advantages and can be used in a variety of ways that improve your production regardless of your land or lack thereof.

Get ready and strap in, I am on fire today with information and resources, this is one of those shows that will overload and work your brain.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why containers are for all gardeners
    • Grow crops outside of your geographic zone
    • Use your land for plants that really need the space
    • Allows you to grow food anywhere you can find sun
    • Opens up new spacing opportunities
    • Turn some “annuals” into “perennials”
  • Crops that are ideal for containers
    • Greens of all kinds
    • Tomatoes – Tumbler – Patio Princess – Tiny Tim – Yellow Cranberry – Bush Goliath
    • Peppers – anything you want
    • Patio Blueberries
    • Carrots – Scarlet Nantes, Little Finger, Thumbelina
    • Herbs – Basil – Oregano – Parsley – Sage – Rosemary – Chives
    • Green/Bunching Onions
    • Beans – hestia
    • Peas – Tom Thumb (heirloom from the 1800s)
  • Self Watering Containers
    • Perfect for water conservation
    • Actually a lite form of hydroponics
    • Easy to fertilize
    • Allow you to go a week or longer with out gardening
  • Getting really creative
    • No limit to container size
    • Companion planting
    • Getting permission to use the space of others
    • Get started anytime of year
    • Growing from seed, why not?
    • Using vertical spaces to increase growing area

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Photo Credit Above to HappyNutritionist via Flickr

Episode-633- Survival Podcast Listener Questions for 3-28-11

So it is Monday so time for another round of your questions set to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.  Today we discuss how to attract pollinating insects, is the US on pace for a 90s Soviet Style collapse, thoughts on joining the military at 30, staying on track during a debt snowball and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Options for home defense for those that can’t own a firearm
  • Growing ginseng and other high profit low maintenance crops
  • Japanese bank looses 500K was the thief a robber or a looter
  • Japan repairs a totally destroyed road in 6 days, reconstruction has begun
  • Thoughts on the way the Japanese are dealing with the crisis vs Americas past responses
  • Thoughts on wood vs gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts
  • Michael Regan says Obama is doing to America what his dad did to the U.S.S.R.
  • The CBO suggests taxing mileage
  • Encouraging pollinators other than bees
  • Thoughts on joining the military as a married 30 year old
  • How to stay out of a rut in the middle of a debt snowball

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 

Current Website Issues

Last night sometime about 12 PM something went wacky with the theme that we have been running the site with.  I am not sure what occured but the site would not load, we had not performed any maintenance on the site the theme (which controls the look and feel of a site based on wordpress like our site) just seemed to eat itself.

As a short term fix I have reverted to the old theme so that is why the site looks different for the time being.  The center column is blank due to this and I will back fill it later today but for now you can access all the shows, the forum, etc.

No further notifications to me are necessary about “something being wrong with the site”, I appreciate folks letting me know but I am now clearly aware of the issues and we are working on them.

Episode-632- Listener Calls for 3-25-11

So it is Friday and even though I am on the road (probably on my way back from Arkansas at this time) I pre recorded a Friday show for you guys so you wouldn’t miss a beat this week.

That means today’s show is dedicated to the listeners and all about you.  Today I answer your calls to 866-65-THINK about some great subjects along with some awesome tips from listeners.  Today we cover topics like facing mortality, silver short selling and its impact on prices, bias against preppers, getting deals on silver in pawn shops and more.

Join me today as we discuss your calls on…

  • The number one survival need most often overlooked – air
  • What will a final episode of TSP be like, what could cause it
  • Stocking up on pens, pencils and writing paper not a bad idea
  • The facts about “silver shot selling” and separating it from the hype
  • The best episodes for new listeners
  • Using the site search and tag features
  • The real source of bias against preppers by media and the sheeple
  • The nutritional value of aquapoinically grown food
  • Is the south full of venomous snakes, bees and spiders or what
  • Getting deals on silver at pawn shops
  • Do you fear or embrace change, even uncomfortable changes
  • Thoughts on using roof top water for irrigation

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

The Ready Store Now Gives 5% Off to All MSB Members

The Ready Store

The Ready Store Provides 5% Off For all MSB Members

I was recently approached by a The Ready Store for advertising and while I would love to have them my advertising remains sold out with a waiting list in the double digits.  So of course I hit them up for a discount for the MSB as a counter offer.

Well once they understood the program they were happy to participate in the program and ponied up 5% discount on all orders.  The Ready store is an absolutely awesome provider with a huge selection.   They have a massive collection of long term storage food supplies as well and of course if you are in the MSB you can get 5% off anything in their store.

You will find the discount code on the benefits page in your MSB account.  If you have been on the fence about joining the Members Brigade this is yet another great reason to consider it.  I am in talks with several other companies right now about becoming MSB supporters.

So even when I am away on a mini vacation I am still racking up the discount for MSB members.

Episode-631- Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen from RootSimple.com

Erik and Kelly from RootSimple.com

Erik and Kelly from RootSimple.com

Today we are joined by Erkik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne of RootSimple.com to discuss urban homesteading (go ahead Dervaes Family, my lawyer can beat up your lawyer because my lawyer has an IQ with 3 digits) and how to convert your home from a consumer to producer.

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are the authors of The Urban Homestead and Making It and founded the blog RootSimple.com, which was formerly known as Homegrown Evolution, in 2006.

They live in the heart of Los Angeles, in a little bungalow set on a 1/12 acre lot where almost all of their land is devoted to growing edible or otherwise useful plants and trees. Their obsessions include bees, bikes, beer, chickens, dogs, healthy cities, healing herbs, simple living and good food.

Join Erik, Kelly and I Today as we Discuss…

  • How to make the most of any land you you
  • Replacing grass with useful and edible plantings
  • Jacks totally maintenance free lawn, built by doing nothing
  • The “militant view” on building mini orchards
  • The advantages of perennials over annuals
  • Kelly burns beans right in the middle of the interview (classic)
  • Companion planting for optimal production
  • Tepary beans and other dry climate plantings (my source of Tepary beans)
  • So what is spigarello
  • Growing luffa sponge gourds
  • Keeping chickens in the city
  • All natural bee keeping and capturing wild swarms

Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.